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Service helps attendees move on from tragedy to healing, action

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An interfaith service at Saint Phillip's Episcopal Church Wednesday night marked the third anniversary of the January 8th shooting.  Those participating said that it was a time not to mark the anniversary of a tragedy, but to help all of those who have been impacted by traumatic gun violence to move on to hope and action.  Pat Maisch was the homilist with a message of healing as well as preventing gun violence but not seeking to limit gun rights.  Maisch was at the Congress on Your Corner event three years ago and grabbed a clip away from Jared Loughner before he could reload.

As time goes on, organizers of the service said that ceremonies on this date might not always be in order.

It will depend on what the community wants.

"We weren't quite ready to give up on not having another service this year.  We felt like we needed another one.  But we want to move on a little bit where we still have the grieving and prayers about that but looking forward and moving forward for those who are ready to move on," said deacon Leah Sandwell-Weiss.

"Three years ago, I didn't know any of the people that were standing there.  And so now, these are my friends and extended family, so we feel the absence of their loved one that was taken from them, taken brutally and taken early," said Pat Maisch.

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